Friday, September 26, 2008

Today For Gandhi


Today's Thoughts: Gandhi Quotes.

"Literally speaking, ahimsa means non-violence. But to me it has much higher, infinitely higher meaning. It means that you may not offend anybody; you may not harbor uncharitable thought, even in connection with those who consider your enemies. To one who follows this doctrine, there are no enemies. A man who believes in the efficacy of this doctrine finds in the ultimate stage, when he is about to reach the goal, the whole world at his feet. If you express your love- Ahimsa-in such a manner that it impresses itself indelibly upon your so called enemy, he must return that love.
This doctrine tells us that we may guard the honor of those under our charge by delivering our own lives into the hands of the man who would commit the sacrilege. And that requires far greater courage than delivering of blows."

"I not only practice vegetarianism, but also a strict control of one's palate. A man who wants to control his animal passions easily does so if he controls his palate. Unless we are prepared to rid ourselves of stimulating, heating, and exciting condiments, we shall certainly, not able to control the over-abundant, unnecessary, and exciting stimulation of the animal passions. If we do not do that, we are likely to abuse the sacred trust of our bodies that has been given to us.
I have philosophical reasons to advocate vegetarianism. I believe that the animals have spirits and souls also."

"My association with Christians dates from 1889 and there was a time in my life when I sincerely considered Christianity as my religion. In my pursuit, I met many a scholars and thinkers, who while having a profound effect on me, were not able to convince me. Although I admire much in Christianity, I am unable to identify myself with the orthodox Christianity. I must tell you in all humility that Hinduism, as I know it, entirely satisfies my soul, and fills my whole being.The missionaries come to India thinking that they come to a land of heathen, of idolaters, of men who do not know God. My own experiences all over India have been on the contrary. An average Indian is as much a seeker after truth as the Christian missionaries are, possibly more so.
Please do not flatter yourselves with the belief that a mere recital of that celebrated verse in St. John makes a man Christian. If I have read the Bible correctly, I know many men who have never known the name of Jesus Christ, men who have even rejected the official interpretations of Christianity, but would nevertheless, if Jesus came in our midst today in the flesh, be probably owned by him more than many of us. My position is that it does not matter what faith you practice, as long as the soul longs for truth."

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3 comments:

YogaforCynics said...

Wonderful Gandhi quotes--he's someone I always look to as an example of someone truly doing his best to live in peace with everyone around him--even if I don't agree with him on everything...then, as he makes clear in the final quote here, it's the longing for truth that matters, not particular thoughts or beliefs....One thing many "peace activists" and advocates of "compassionate living" I've known seem to miss is that the way to peace and compassion is not adopting a rigid ideal and then passing harsh judgement on any who fail to live up to it.

YogaforCynics said...

Wonderful Gandhi quotes--he's someone I always look to as an example of someone truly doing his best to live in peace with everyone around him--even if I don't agree with him on everything...then, as he makes clear in the final quote here, it's the longing for truth that matters, not particular thoughts or beliefs....One thing many "peace activists" and advocates of "compassionate living" I've known seem to miss is that the way to peace and compassion is not adopting a rigid ideal and then passing harsh judgement on any who fail to live up to it.

Laura Winslow Godsil said...

Thanks for the thoughtful comment yoga.And I also agree with your words-Have a sunny day.